Today's Volleyball State Finals

November 15, 2003|By Pat O'Malley, Katherine Dunn

(At Ritchie Coliseum, U. of Maryland)

Class 2A No. 1 Glenelg (18-0) vs. No. 6 Liberty (18-0)

Time: Noon

Outlook: Glenelg looks to complete its second straight unbeaten state 2A championship season, while Liberty is going for its first state title. Playing in its third straight final, the Gladiators are deep, with setter Tara Stradling averaging over eight assists a game. Her hitters include Rebecca Tursell, Michelle Morgan, Kelly Hollrah and Stephanie Sims. The youthful Lions (only one senior, hitter Christina Yow) stunned No. 5 Owings Mills (17-3) in the semifinals, 3-0, and will counter with junior hitters Meghan McConnville and Stacey Krebs, each averaging three kills a game. Junior setter Lauren Locklear averages 7.5 assists a game.

Class 1A Williamsport vs. Poolesville

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Class 4A No. 3 Broadneck (18-1) vs. Quince Orchard (18-0)

Time: 5 p.m.

Outlook: The state final has become a habit for Broadneck, which is making its fourth consecutive trip and is seeking its third straight title. The Montgomery County entry, ranked No. 7 in the Washington area, is seeking its first title. Quince Orchard has eight seniors, with Stephanie Withers the top hitter and Trisha Limgenco a setter who had 40 assists in a 3-1 semifinal win over Thomas Johnson. The defending champs have only three seniors, the team's big three hitters: Mandy Gerolstein, Dana Mullenhard and Christina Greene. The trio blends well with sophomore setter Stephanie Carey, who averages nine assists a game. Hitters Allie Woods (junior) and Kanishia Sheppard (sophomore) give the Bruins balance.

Class 3A No. 2 Towson (19-0) vs. Calvert (18-0)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Towson, in its third straight state final but first in 3A, may have its hands full against the Calvert County entry. The Cavaliers, who won the prestigious Bulldog Tournament in October, won their only title in 1998, while the Generals took the Class 2A title in 2001. Kellie Krouse, a 5-foot-7 outside hitter who had 22 kills in the semifinal win over Seneca Valley, leads the Generals with 4.1 kills a game; 5-7 Laura Maas averages 2.65 kills; and setter Emmy Williams contributes 7.85 assists a game. The Cavaliers, who swept No. 4 Centennial in the semifinals, rely on 6-1 Whitney Johnson (3.1 kills a game) and 5-9 Dawn Herring (2.7). Setter Jessica Forsythe averages 7.8 assists a game.

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